For the past year British Youth Racing department have been reviewing the structure and pathway for racing sailors and squads. As part of our commitment to Sport England, our funding partner, we have the aim to try to make training more regional. After surveying, consultation with our stakeholders and deliberation to the effects on the sailor, for 2020-21 winter the RYA zone squads and UK Junior Squads will stop. This will be replace with a regional training incorporating this group of sailors. This will put an emphasis on the clubs and classes supported by the RYA to offer more open training of a pre-regional standard. For the Youth class where numbers can support this (Lasers and 29er) they will also run regional squads, with the setting up of performance training groups for sailors who are selected for National teams.
The 2018-19 winter zone squads, comprising 63 sailors from the 4 squads, have had a challenging winter with many weekends coinciding with gales or no wind, so lost quite a lot of time on the water. The Optimist and Topper squads finished with a very successful 3-day joint camp with the South zone squads at WPNSA at the end of May. We are now looking towards the 2019-20 winter squads and their selection.
The 2019 BYS Regional Junior Championships at WPNSA had very strong entries with over 350 sailors due to attend, unfortunately the event was cancelled due to a very unfavourable forecast. Parkstone YC was the club with the largest entries, and Bowmoor SC saw the largest increase in entries from 2018.
The region's 7 Recognised Clubs (Poole YC, Parkstone YC, Lyme Regis SC, Paignton SC, Royal Torbay YC, ASWC Portland and Chew Valley Lake SC) were all reappointed, with no new clubs appointed BYS Recognised Club in 2019. Other clubs within the region are invited to apply for Recognised Club status. We will provide for these new Recognised Clubs: support and advice from your Regional HPM; coach development opportunities for your club coaches; a dedicated website with resources and videos. If your club meets the new higher criteria for a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club and would like to apply for recognition, please see the new webpage www.rya.org.uk/go/bysrecognisedclub to download the application form and find out further information.
This Easter Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) hosted the RYA Youth Nationals Championships, which for the first time will see fleets of Laser 4.7s, Toppers and Kite Boards, joining the 29ers, 420’s, Nacra 15’s, Laser Radials and Standards. The conditions were testing with strong Easterly winds, lack of wind, fog and large swell in Weymouth Bay. It was great to see so many of the regions young sailors competing and also so many local volunteers supporting the event. This event was also used to select the sailors who will represent GB at the Youth Worlds later this summer. Full report and results can be found at https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/Winners-crowned-in-finale-to-biggest-ever-RYA-Youth-National-Championships.aspx. The RYA Youth National will return to the region in 2021 when Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth will host the event for the first time.
The Team15 interclub events were very competitive with the region's three big clubs, Weymouth Waveriders (OTC), Academy All-stars (Poole) and Axbridge Animals, all hoisting an open. The climax for the club windsurfing calendar, the national windsurfing championships at Grafham Water SC, saw a very strong showing from the region with Academy All-stars being crowned Champions Cup Club winners.
19th – 20th October 2019: RYA Youth Team Racing Championships, Oxford SC
4th – 10th April 2020: RYA Youth Nationals, Pwllheli
8th – 10th May 2020: RYA Eric Twiname Zone and Home Country Championships, Rutland Water SC.
26th – 27th September 2020: British Youth Sailing South West Regional Junior Championships, WPNSA
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South and South West HPM